On October 3, 2015, my work colleague and friend Erwin married beautiful Alexandria in London, Ontario. I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Erwin and Alex: their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.
The story of Erwin and Alex begins in March 2013 when Erwin sat across from me (and 3 others) in a boardroom in downtown Vancouver. We asked questions and he did his best to answer them.
One month later he was living in Vancouver and working at a new job. For a really good looking boss.
As I mentioned earlier, Erwin and Alex met in Saskatoon in January 2014 when they were both there for some youth ministry gatherings that had some really long names.
Alex’s first impression of Erwin was hardly a positive one. She found him abrupt, unapproachable, and standoffish. Pretty much everything you look for in a future husband.
I’m thrilled to be in Toronto this weekend to speak at the annual Symposium for NCLN (National Campus Life Network). I’ll be speaking on “The Top 10 Ways to Sustain Yourself and Your Team”.
Formed by students and for students, National Campus Life Network (NCLN) is the heart of the Pro-Life Student Movement in Canada. NCLN equips students to build a campus culture that respects and upholds the value and equality of all human life from fertilization to natural death; these students will in turn transform society, as they go on to lead in their future fields, careers, communities and families.
I’m looking forward to hearing from leaders and speakers in the pro-life movement and meeting students from across the country involved in this important work.
Here’s the official promo video for Spirit Day 2015 – the largest annual Catholic youth rally in BC.
Spirit Day is the annual event for grade 7 students of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, presented by the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office. It will be held on November 7 and 8 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in Surrey.
The theme for this year’s event is “Worthy”. Each of us is respectfully and wonderfully made. At Spirit Day, we’ll explore how we are created in the image and likeness of God; we are worthy because He is worthy.
Spirit Day will feature APeX Ministries as the Keynote Speakers, and WAL (formerly known as the Jacob and Matthew Band) leading music.
“Shine Your Light” written and performed by WAL, courtesy of World Library Publications, wlpmusic.com. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
On May 30, 2015, my dear friends Joseph and Marion got married and it was such a wonderful day: the Mass at St. Paul’s was beautiful and the reception at All Saints was fun and full of love. I was blessed to emcee the reception that evening, and as part of the program I presented the following story about Joseph and Marion: their meeting, the courting period, their dating, and the proposal.
In the fall of 2011, the Catholic Church was preparing to embrace a new translation and new parts for the Mass. Little did Joseph and Marion know that God was preparing them to celebrate a big change via a sacrament as well…but 4 years down the road.
Yesterday I participated in a retreat at Rosemary Heights with some of my work colleagues from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Before leaving my house in the morning, I texted some of my closest friends asking them if there was anything or anyone they wanted me to pray for.
I was affirmed and surprised by their prayer requests (I’ve slightly edited some of them to protect privacy):
My sister in the Philippines
The health and happiness of our newborn
Me as I recently broke up with my fiancee
The youth ministry coordinator
That we will be blessed with children
Good work-life balance
That my dad finds a purpose that makes him happy
My aunt having surgery tomorrow
My mom’s 70th birthday
My aunt who is ill
My dad and how he fits into my life
Peace in my heart
My relationship with my boyfriend
A healthy granddaughter
Dissertation, move, and travel mercies
Vocation, family, and ministry
Me, my wife, and my family
That we can sell our house
A safe trip for my in laws
My upcoming trip overseas
Health of my relatives
Ministry inspiration and vision
My sister’s job transition
My friend who is struggling
My friend how just went through dialysis
Wisdom, clarity, and discernment and for God to open doors where He desires